21 MARCH 2022
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Don't forget that the clocks go forward next Saturday night in the UK and airline timetables do change.
Contributor Chris Tarry is in a thoughtful mood as tries to look into the future of air travel.
Last Monday BTN’s ran its shortest ever story "PASSENGER LOCATOR FORMS No news. The purgatory continues”.
Within hours the Department for Transport (DfT) was announcing the lifting of travel restrictions from Friday (18 March).
The utterly seperate cruise company is doing fine but will ferry travellers vote with their wheels!?
On Tuesday 29 March at 06:25 the BA 2672 lifts off from Gatwick (South) to Larnaca (Cyprus), marking the launch of British Airways EuroFlyer and the start of a new era for the airline and airport.
A packed Aviation Club lunch last Tuesday saw a return of Ed Bastian, CEO, Delta Airlines (he was also guest of honour in 2014) in what was termed a ‘fireside chat’ with Club Chairman Karl Brünjes.
The Transport for London (TfL) rail service from Paddington Mainline to Heathrow Central is now four trains per hour (two to Terminal 5).
TUI has scrapped the requirement to wear face masks on most flights to and from England and Northern Ireland.
A new Norwegian airline, Norse, has secured slots at Gatwick Airport.
Shai Weiss, Virgin Atlantic’s Chief Executive, was in fine form last Tuesday at a press briefing held at the RAC, also attended by Ed Bastian, CEO, Delta Airlines. Delta is the 49% owner of Virgin Atlantic.
Chris Pocock is a veteran aerospace journalist. Rather like most of us he has been nowhere for the last two years and is now in Malaysia, having arrived via Langkawi, a resort very cleverly opened up by the Malaysian government.
Following last week’s news that British Airways (BA) franchise holder Comair had been grounded by the South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA), the airline’s suspension has been lifted.
Scottish airline Loganair, now Britain’s largest regional carrier, is to add a fuel surcharge on to new ticket sales.
Manchester Airport has confirmed that Terminal 3 will reopen on Sunday 27 March the first day of the summer season, “Spring Forward” when those in the UK lose an hour on the Saturday night.
Following last week’s BTN news that London is to be reconnected with the Isle of Man, Dublin has jumped in first.
See BTN 14 March Isle of Man & London.
Royal Air Force Northolt (IATA: NHT, ICAO: EGWU), once suggested as an alternative to Heathrow for domestic services, and a popular executive jet base, will extend operating hours to seven days a week starting 1 June 2022.
More than £12m is being invested by the airport and its retail partners to improve the customer experience as it prepares for the expected increase in passengers this summer after two years of disruption from Covid-19.
The latest London edition of Travel Hashtag, the first of its kind in the UK, took place on 1 March, at the prestigious location of the Granaio (Criterion) in Piccadilly Circus, where it was received with excellent support from the large audience of senior travel figures.